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Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man returns $125,000 that fell from armored truck

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Arsenio Hall Show' canceled after 1 season

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS Television Distribution says "The Arsenio Hall Show" is going off the air.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dementia kept Sterling out of team sale

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A person close to the Sterling family says Donald Sterling was stripped of his ability to act as a trustee of the family's fortunes, including the Los Angeles Clippers, after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Home tweet home: How social media is giving the homeless a hand up

R.D. Plasschaert credits one main thing for pulling her out of homelessness: Twitter.

May 30, 2014 | Chandra Johnson, Deseret News | Signal AP


Missouri AG: State could make lethal injections

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The growing suspicions surrounding where states obtain lethal injections have motivated the Missouri attorney general to propose something never previously tried - establishing a lab where the state can make its own execution drugs.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


East Ukraine quiet raises leadership questions

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - The scruffy rebels who normally wander about the headquarters of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic were mostly out of view on Friday, replaced by a disciplined new faction who showed up a day earlier with an armored personnel carrier and anti-aircraft gun.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Army Corps to recommend Los Angeles River project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Google faces up to image problem in Europe

AMSTERDAM (AP) - As Google bowed to a European court ruling to consider users' claims to remove embarrassing search results, the company took the first step toward preventing any more such punishing decisions - acknowledging it has an image problem in Europe.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Fan-fueled red carpets present security challenge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie premieres are just like they look on TV: Throngs of fans competing with photographers and reporters for stars' attention. Cameras flash as beefy bodyguards escort couture-clad celebrities into the maelstrom.

May 30, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Zuckerberg gives $120 million to public schools

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Shinseki resigns amid VA health care scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency's health care system that Obama called "totally unacceptable."

May 30, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


How Google got states to legalize driverless cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers - not people - became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police knew about killer's videos during check

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office deputies checking on Elliot Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students were aware of, but didn't view, disturbing videos that prompted calls about his well-being, the agency disclosed Thursday.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate approves tying minimum wage to inflation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage and tie it to inflation.

May 30, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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2 infected with West Nile virus in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California health officials have reported that two people have been infected with West Nile virus in the state.

June 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraq militia parades as insurgents seize crossing

BAGHDAD (AP) - Thousands of heavily-armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several Iraqi cities Saturday as Sunni militants seized two strategically located towns in what appeared to be a new offensive in western Anbar province.

June 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


There's a new 'World's Ugliest Dog'

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - It's that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World's Ugliest Dog.

June 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: Workplace flexibility is a basic need

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says child care, family leave and workplace flexibility aren't frills, they're basic needs.

June 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


New World's Ugliest Dog crowned

PETALUMA (AP) - It's that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World's Ugliest Dog.

June 20, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Landlord faces criminal charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owner of a home in Sylmar where four people died in a fire is facing criminal charges.

June 20, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Congresswoman wants e-cigarettes regulated

SAN MATEO (AP) - A California congresswoman wants electronic cigarettes regulated in the same way as typical tobacco products and announced legislation Friday that would do so.

June 20, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Area supervisor warns of wildfire season

PASADENA - Santa Clarita Valley's representative on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors joined firefighters and other officials Friday in calling for residents to take precautions now to protect themselves during wildfire season.

June 20, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


State, Amtrak cancel joint high-speed train bid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority have canceled a joint agreement to bid on high-speed trains that was billed as a way to save money and lure train manufacturing to the United States.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Iraqi immigrants fear for loved ones back home

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A sobbing businessman in his 30s called a hotline set up by his fellow Iraqi immigrants, desperate to talk to someone after fearing his father was the man he saw in an online news video of a beheading in northern Iraq.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UN: Number of world's displaced over 50 million

BEIRUT (AP) - For the first time since World War II, the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Congress probes how IRS emails could go missing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service commissioner said Friday the agency will not share with Congress additional details about its lost emails related to the ongoing tea party investigation until its own review is finished because he said Republicans are releasing inaccurate, interim information.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Panel considers raising California officials' pay

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The commission that decides the pay and benefits of lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general, is meeting to decide whether to grant a second consecutive pay raise.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Governor signs $108 billion California budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.

June 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Arrestee's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A handsome mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 30,000 "likes" and drawing comments praising his high cheek bones, chiseled face and striking blue eyes.

June 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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